#oriGInGeorgia: our global network keeps growing
On October 28, in the framework of the Conference on “Branding Strategies” organized in Tbilisi by the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (SAKPATENTI) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), “oriGIn Georgia”, another national antenna of the global alliance of GIs was established. On behalf of oriGIn, the agreement was signed by Robert Scholz, Vice President of oriGIn and Legal Counsel at the Bavaria Brewers Association. Georgia counts today 41 recognized GIs. The objective of oriGIn Georgia is to support potential GIs (130 products have been already identified, among these: Colchian Hazelnut, Rachan Ham, Kharagauli Caesar’s Mushroom, Choporti Tomato, Lagodekhi Watermelon, Colchian Laurel, Khelvachauri Tangerine, Tabatsquri Carrot and Marneuli Potato).
More info @ SAKPATENTI News
#CETA: Signature of an ambitious trade agreement
On October 30, the EU and Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Tarde Agreement (CETA). The European Parliament, as well as Member States in the Council, must now give their consent to CETA for it to enter into force provisionally. Such an agreement is poised to set new standards for global commerce. More info @ http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ceta/
With respect to GIs, the CETA will provide a high and ambitious level of protection, as well as some enforcement mechanisms, for a comprehensive list of 172 EU GIs. Such list can be extended in the future. The Agreement contains elements of flexibility, such as possibility of coexistence between existing trademarks and GIs as a limited exception to the rights conferred by trademarks. Finally, the protection of a limited number of European GIs will be subject to some exceptions. For a more detailed analysis of the GIs chapter, see http://www.origin-gi.com/activities/policy-and-advocacy/259-advocacy-origin-alerts/9202-18-04-2013-eu-canada-political-agreement-on-ceta.html